#BlackGirlMagic: Yara Shahidi To Attend Harvard University

Written by Storm Tyler

Black-ish star Yara Shahidi is headed to college.

After many weeks of anticipation her college announcement came via her Instagram Tuesday night.thumbnail_file 10.38.54 AM

Photo via: Yara Shahidi Instagram account 

Adorning a Harvard sweatshirt, she captioned her image: “‘The paradox of education is precisely this-that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.’ ~ James Baldwin #CrimsonPride”

Receiving a recommendation letter from Michelle Obama, Yara will join the former first lady’s daughter, Malia Obama at the university. She’s previously stated she was accepted into all schools she applied for and intends to double major in Sociology and African American studies.

The Instagram announcement came a few days prior to her high school graduation.

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Photo Via: Yara Shahidi Instagram Account


Also posting celebratory photos on Instagram, Yara captioned her graduation photo: “One large supportive family, like minded peers, three seasons of a comedy, 1 ½ years of no heat on my hair, many life changing books, quite a few lessons learned from @afshineee and @chocolatemommyluv, many great adventures, a handful of all-nighters finishing essays, getting frustrated while doing derivatives, falling in love with James Baldwin, (more breakdowns than I’d like to admit), followed by even more growth, a daunting college process, a few panic attacks, with even more blissful moments, a spin off, and a final APUSH project later…. I’m here Thank you to everyone who’s created the beautiful memories/opportunities/and adventures that’ve gotten me to this moment

Her character Zoey Johnson will also attend college in her Black-ish spin-off College-ish—which is set to air on Freeform in early 2018. “The fact that Zoey is college-aged [makes it] important to address that. Because on a college campus — given the sociopolitical landscape of our society at the moment — we’re not only dealing with race policy that we got from ‘Black-ish’ [but also] the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and political views and ideals,” she told Seventeen magazine in April.

When not acting, she’s also become known for her social justice activism. Named one of Time’s “Most Influential Teens” in 2016 and this year’s Essence magazine’s #Woke100, she’s continued to shine outside of the big screen. Whether speaking at SXSW, PATH Global Health, Teen Vogue or the Women’s March with Tracee Elliss Ross, Yara is unafraid to proudly take up space and be a voice for a more inclusive world.

Her fans are rejoicing and have continued to celebrate her announcement:


Post via: Yari Blanco’s Instagram account

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Photo via: YouNeedTribe Twitter account

Karim Diallo 🇬🇳 (@Karimdiallo_) 07-Jun-2017 16:26
Yara Shahidi will lead the next generation.


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Photo via Teen_Diaries Instagram account


A star both on television and in real life—we have so much to look forward to from Yara Shahidi.

Congratulations, Yara!

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